28th February

Sore Fingers Stop Press! Old Time Fiddle

Jock Tyldesley, brilliant Old Time Fiddler has offered to teach an extra fiddle class at S.F.Week 2018. We’re slightly short on O.T. Fiddlers and we need a decent posy if the O.T. fiddlin’ fraternity are going to retain their bar session supremacy!

So, as it’s late in the day and need to move fast to see if this extra course can run. We need a minimum of 10 students to make it work. If we don’t get that number, the course is unlikely to run.

At this stage, don’t send any money, complete a form with Jock as your tutor choice and your accommodation choices. Once we have a feel for the likely numbers, we’ll contact you for payments.

If you do book and the course doesn’t go ahead, you will be offered a place on Tatiana Hargreaves class. No obligation though.

Sore Fingers Facebook Page Here

Please send an email to john@sorefingers.co.uk as soon as possible

Appalachian Step Dancing Workshop and Concert

IF you fancy learning the basics of Appalachian Step Dancing then this could be your chance. On Sunday 11th March at 2pm in the Bleddfa Centre near Knighton, Powys Mid-Wales there will be a workshop with experienced dancers and live music from local Old Time band Little Hoedown. Places are limited and can be booked by calling 01982 551116 or 01544 350407. The fee is £10.

In the evening there will be an acoustic concert at 7.30pm featuring music from choice local performers Black Mountain Boy, Little Hoedown, Rose Westrip Band and a display by the dance tutors. There will be refreshments available and doors open at 7pm.

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in advance by calling 01544 350407, 01547 528315 or 01982 551116. In the past these events have been very popular and as space is limited it is advisable to book.

Griffin Tubaphone Banjo for Sale

Griffin tubaphone banjo for sale ,custom built in 2016 , have all corresponding paperwork , perfect condition with John Balch calfskin head fitted , walnut pot with ebony rim cap 11” head cost £1500 will accept £1000 call Nick on 07792062638

Email reverend.delta@googlemail.com

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26th February

Some Event Dates for You

March 30th – 31st: Richmond Old Time Music Gathering, Richmond

April 2nd – 7th: Sore Fingers Week 2018, with Tatiana Hargreaves. Kingham, Chipping Norton

May 4th – 7th: Crossover Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival, Congleton, Cheshire
May 11th – 13th: Orwell Bluegrass and Old-TIme Music Festival, nr Ipswich
May 18th – 20th: Ghost Hill American Old-Time Picking Weekend, Cornwall
May 25th – 27th: FOAOTMAD Spring Camp, Croft Farm Leisure, nr Tewkesbury

June 15th – 18th: Knockdown Picking Weekend: The Lenchford Inn, Shrawley, Worcs WR6 6TB
June 15th – 17th: Old-Time Fiddle Weekend Workshop, West Sussex

July 12th – 16th: Alsia Fest, Cornwall

August 9th – 12th: Glebe Farm Bluegrass and Old-TImey Camp
August 10th – 19th: FOAOTMAD Summer Camp, Croft Farm Leisure, nr Tewkesbury
August 31st – Sept 2nd: Didmarton (don’t know if there will be any OT bands)

September 7th – 9th: Sweet Sunny South, West Sussex
September 14 – 16th: Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

Old Time Pub Session Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 7th March
Out of the Blue
Mill Lane
Porthleven
Cornwall
TR13 9LQ
Map

Visiting & local old time players, singers & dancers are invited to join us for tunes, songs & dance.

https://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Sunday 4th March 3-6pm Reading

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555
http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session.

Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).
http://www.pegramjam.com/documents/Pegram%20Jam%20Chord%20Chart%20Book%20v48.pdf

Hope to see you there :O)

Your Pickin Lunchtime session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find under group description video links to many of the songs & tunes we do in their respective keys: https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD or simply send them this leaflethttps://goo.gl/p9sqKw

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

 

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5th February

Bigfoot Concert & Square Dance in Richmond

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We would love you to join us at Oddfellows Hall, Parkshot, Richmond for an unmissable roof-raising evening of authentic old time music The first half of the show will be a concert set, then we’ll push the chairs back for a square dance. All the dances are taught and no previous experience is needed – or a partner.

Doors open 7.30pm. £12 on the door. BYOB.

Bring your friends. Please share this – everyone is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you on the night when we’ll also give you news about another exciting date for your diary -Richmond’s second two-day old time music Gathering on March 30 & 30th 2018.

Fine times lie ahead.

With best wishes from Richmond Old Time Music & Dance

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29th January

Lift to Gainsborough

Bob Callahan is offering a lift to Gainsborough (masses of room for people and instruments) in return for banter and contributions for fuel. He is driving up from deepest, darkest Cornwall on Friday 9th and can collect en-route. Please contact him for more details: earthstrider@hotmail.com

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Sun 4th February 3-6pm

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555
http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session.

Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).
http://www.pegramjam.com/documents/Pegram%20Jam%20Chord%20Chart%20Book%20v48.pdf

Hope to see you there :O)

Your Pickin Lunchtime session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find under group description video links to many of the songs & tunes we do in their respective keys: https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD or simply send them this leaflethttps://goo.gl/p9sqKw

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

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26th January

Gainsborough 2018 Tickets

Advanced ticket sales for the festival are going well with a limited number left before we reach our insurance limit.

If you have not bought your tickets I would suggest that you do so in advance rather than wait until you get to Gainsborough, as we would not like to disappoint anyone. We also plan to shut down both We Got Tickets and PayPal at the beginning of the week before the festival starts.

Buy your Gainsborough ticket here.

Newberry & Verch UK Tour added and amended dates

Please see Blog entry of 24th January to see added and amended dates.

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24th January

Newberry & Verch UK Tour Dates

11 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch The Old Ship Inn / Lowdham

12 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Cecil Sharp House / London

13 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Greystones / Sheffield

14 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Levens Village Hall

15 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Craigdarroch Arms / Moniaive

16 Apr 208   Newberry & Verch House Concert Ripponden

17 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Victoria Hotel / Menai Bridge

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22nd January

HELP PLEASE

Susie Goehring of Bigfoot has asked if there is anyone who is coming to Gainsborough, that is willing to lend her a guitar to use while she is in the UK.  It would be preferable if you live in London or the south east as their tour finishes in London on the 18th February.

She is happy to pay a loan fee if anyone is willing to share.  If you can help please contact me on tim.rooke@btinternet.com

Old Time Pub Session Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 24nd January
Out  of the  Blue
Mill Lane
Porthleven
Cornwall
TR13 9LQ
Map

https://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

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16th January

Bigfoot Concert in East Sussex

Lewes Con Club
139 High Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1XS

Thursday 15th Feb 7.30 for 8pm

Tickets £12

Info: cajunbarn@outlook.com
Tel: 01892 533493

Rhys Jones Fiddle vocals
Cleek Schrey, fiddles
John Herrmann, banjo
Susie Goehring  guitar, vocals
Meredith McIntosh, bass, vocals

In 2010, Bigfoot burst upon the old-time music scene, which is to say, they formed as a band, won the traditional band contest at Clifftop, and caused people to look up and say, “Wow, they’re really good.” (Okay, so old-time musicians aren’t all masters of rhetorical effusion.) Of course, individually, these musicians had already shown themselves for years to be talented, accomplished, and fun to accept a free beer from.

The band consists of Rhys Jones (fiddle), Cleek Schrey (fiddle), John Herrmann (banjo), Susie Goehring (guitar), and Meredith McIntosh (bass).Their combination of two fiddles, guitar, banjo and bass is the best old-time string band sound, especially for dancing. The vocals are spot on, beautiful harmonies, . These folks give an equally wonderful and authentic old-time flavour to the songs they perform

We are immensely lucky to have Bigfoot do a show for us, it’s going to be one of those wonderful evenings memorable evenings, highly recommended.

Need to reserve seats or a table? No problem when you get your tickets in advance. Send a cheque made to ‘The Cajunbarn’ to 12 Rusthall Park, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8NP. Tickets will be held on the door for you or enclose a SAE and they’ll be with you by return of post.

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9th January

Gainsborough Workshops

This year we have a Harmonica workshop, participants should bring one in the key of C.

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8th January

A Five-String Banjo Sourcebook

The American 5-string banjo is many things: a physical object of material culture with roots back to Africa and farther east, and a complex and ongoing development in North America; an equally complex musical culture ranging through vernacular, classical, and popular musical idioms and histories; and connections to social, cultural, and artistic networks. One volume cannot encompass all this, but Gérard De Smaele’s earlier work in French, “Banjo Attitudes”, comes close. In the meantime we are lucky to have in hand De Smaele’s exhaustive compendium of history, research. and commentary on the banjo that will inform and nourish inquiry and interest.

Art Rosenbaum, 2018

desmaele5str@hotmail.com
http://www.desmaele5str.be/index.html

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CD Reviews

People will have noticed that the review section in the Old Time News has expanded considerably and I really need to increase the panel of reviewers. You will hopefully have seen the reviews in the magazine and so have a good idea of what is expected. You don’t have to be an old-time expert, but you do need to have a reasonable knowledge of old-time music and musicians in order to provide a helpful review. I always invite reviewers to select what they wish to review so you won’t be asked to review something you don’t like or know nothing about. Please email me if you are interested stevewise555@gmail.com, or find me at Gainsborough to talk about it.

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